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A New Normal
Christina is an East Berliner who was born in the GDR, a socialist republic that no longer exists. She danced on the Wall in 1989, and closely observed the restructuring of Germany and the frantic urban transformation of Berlin. At the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) she earned an MA in cultural history and comparative social sciences, particularly the ideology-based history of the twentieth century. Her dissertation was on a more contemporary subject of "The Economic Impact of the Contemporary Art Scene on the city of Berlin." She now works as an arts administrator, manages urban development initiatives, and since 2006 routinely walks guests through the eclectic and varied political, cultural, and architectural histories of the German capital and beyond.
Heribert is a native Berliner whose family history can be traced as far back as the founding of the city. An expert in urban history, for more than twenty years he has been guiding interested crowds through the German capital and the surrounding Mark Brandenburg, letting the stone witnesses of passing time tell their stories while he enthusiastically revives old lifestyles and tastes. He studied sociology, history, and cultural anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. His professional experience is varied and far-ranging, including working as a freelance trainer for communication and intercultural education since 1982, and guiding tours since 1986. In the West Berlin borough of Wannsee he runs with his wife two fine cafés (including at the Max Liebermann Villa Museum) and a gourmet delicatessen, and he is well-versed in fine cuisine. With an anecdote for just about every historical detail, Heribert is the consummate companion for any and all learning adventures in this city.
An architect and urbanist, Lucia has been working with Context since 2012. The emphasis of her walks lies in present Berlin from where she leads an exploration into the layers of the past in order to understand the transformations of the city and the significance of its sites, so as to anticipate possible future scenarios. Her thematic focus is on post-war history, urbanism and architectural heritage, as well as on everyday life in Berlin. Parallel to her work with Context, she has been collecting experiences from different branches: collaborating with several public institutions analysing and comparing the urban landscape of various European cities, developing city guides and organising workshops; working for a design agency specialised in real estate and signage design; and currently, planning housing and office buildings in Berlin with a private project developer. She is a proud ambassador of Berlin and Context.
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